December Arts Pop-Up Newsletter… summer holiday season.

December Arts Pop-Up Newsletter… The end of 2015 and the first month of summer.  I love all the seasons, but the summer months of swimming and frangipanis, picnics and lingering light, bbqs and holiday drives are a marker in the year.  Thank you to all the wonderful artists I have worked with this year, the galleries and curators, the supportive media and all of you who bother to read my monthly postings. I hope someone out there got to know about a new artist, visit a fab exhibition, find a new bar, or see a film I have mentioned here.  Best of wishes for the Christmas holiday season and I hope to be back in January with more art ideas, stories and a few secret places to discover.  Until 2016!  Cassie


Two current Sydney Exhibitions…

Photograph by Angus McDonald

Angus McDonald. India’s Disappearing Railways
Until 22 January 2016

The soul of India is sometimes said to be found on their railway system.  Australian photojournalist and travel writer Angus McDonald (1962-2013) spent many years travelling on India’s trains. In this personal odyssey, he shares all the colour and life and small human details that make such journeys rich.  It is also a stunning book with an endorsement by fellow traveller, Michael Palin.
Customs House Library, Ground Floor & Level 2, 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay


A selection of coiled pandanus baskets – natural fibre with bush dyes.

A Coo-ee Christmas.
Until 23 December 2015. 

The annual colourful Coo-ee Christmas show is on.  What a great excuse to visit the gallery if you haven’t been – one of my Sydney favourites – and buy some artwork for yourself or a friend of course.  There are baskets, paintings, crafted toys, sculptures, mimi spirit poles.  Big and small artworks. Under $100 or test your credit limit.  To see the collection click and what is still available click here.
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Ave (cnr Chambers Ave), Bondi Beach


Both exhibitions only recently closed but lovely to finish off the year…

The Elisabeth Cummings catalogue on my desk with notes. Portraits in catalogue courtesy of Roller Photography.

Elisabeth Cummings. New Paintings
17 November  – 19 December 2015. 

This is a most beautiful​ collection of new paintings by one of Australia’s most influential living painters.   Imagine how many artists she has influenced in her creative lifetime?​  Elisabeth is also one of the artists exhibiting as part of the Destination Sydney Exhibition.
Read a review on Elisabeth’s solo exhibition by Patricia Anderson for the Australian Financial Review
King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst


Michael Keighery holding the original diary of his Great Uncle Frank.  The diary is all written in Pitman Shorthand.  On the right are three of Michael’s ceramic sculptures made from the template of artillery shells, in the style of ‘Trench Art’.  Dead Man’s Penny by Michael Keighery.

Michael Keaghery.  Dead Man’s Penny
26 November – 20 December 2015

An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael’s great uncle, Frank Keighery, who died at Gallipoli in 1915 at the age of 21.  The families of all British and Australian soldiers killed during WWl received a medallion from the British Government.  Ironically it became known as the Dead Man’s Penny.
Listen in to ABC RN Life Matters Interview with Michael from 03 December.
View Micheal talking about his work and a guide around his studio on YouTube.

Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington, Sydney


Thank you to all the fab artists and galleries I worked with this year.
2015 has been a year of colour and stories!

Sample images from 2015 Exhibitions. Left to Right, Top to Bottom

Margarita Sampson. Infectious Desires. 25 Feb – 14 Mar 2015. Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst.
Tom Carment & Michael Wee. Seven Walks: Cape Leeuwin to Bundeena.  New book release.

Asher Milgate. Survivors. 07 Mar – 10 May 2015 Western Plains Regional Gallery; 01-29 Aug 2015 Macquarie Hall, Wellington; Acquisition Meeting arranged with the State Library NSW.

Helen S. Tiernan. Farming without Fences.  29 Nov 2014 – 17 Jan 2015.  Coo-ee Gallery, Bondi.
Sally McInerney. Nauru Diary. Curated by Sandy Edwards. 30 Sept – 11 Oct 2015. Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington

White Rice & Red Ochre: Warli Tribal Art of Western India. 27 Jun – 18 Jul 2015 Coo-ee Gallery, Bondi
The Great Apron Show. Curated by Carol Ruff. 26 Nov – 06 Dec 2015.  Gallery East, Clovelly
Ronnie Heng. Dive Into My World. 27 Jun – 10 Jul 2015. Blankspace Gallery, Darlinghurst.

Sample images from 2015 Exhibitions. Left to Right, Top to Bottom

Kim Carpenter. Art for the Theatre. 14-25 April 2015 (Danks Street ll Gallery + Acquisition Meetings established with the State Library NSW + The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney).
Luke Hardy. Patina. 14-25 Oct 2015. Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere.  Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington
Michael Keighery. Dead Man’s Penny. 26 Nov-20 Dec 2015. Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington.
Patricia Casey. Murmur.  09-27 September 2015. Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington
Berylouise Mitchell.  The Birdsville Cup. 14-25 Oct 2015. Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere.  Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington
Vedat Acikalin. Gallipoli Then & Now: Bonds Forged by War. A national Touring exhibition to Hobart (Aug), Sydney (Aug-Oct), Perth (Oct), Melbourne (Nov) & Canberra (Dec).  Curated by Sandy Edwards.
Rodney Schaffer. Luna.  18-29 August 2015. 45 Downstairs Gallery, Melbourne.
Elisabeth Cummings. New Paintings. 17 Nov-19 Dec 2015. King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst.

Arthere, Sandy Edwards
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery
Customs House Library, Sydney

Janet Clayton Gallery
King Street Gallery on William




Nothing goes wrong here – the bread, pastries, coffee, salads and the staff! The best cake has to be the Persian Love Cake – it has everything you want in that little package.  I love this pic with the giant Vegemite and Kraft Peanut Butter tubs.  It can get crowded with not many seats inside, but what the hey. Sit outside.  Here’s Time Out Sydney’s review.
Brickfield’s Bakery, 206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale

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